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UWP LEADER ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR ELECTION LOSS

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Political leader of the United Workers Party Allen Chastnet has proffered effective strategy by his then opposition, as a contributing factor to the notable loss recorded at the polls. Examining the expected direction of the entity now fielding two opposition seats within parliament, the former prime minister identified internal challenges as an additional contributor to the UWP’s transition from power.

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SPEAKING ORDER DEADLOCK CONTINUES AS CHASTANET/HILAIRE BOTH DOUBLE DOWN

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Will the Opposition Leader for a second consecutive time miss out on an opportunity to contribute to a significant legislative process? The ongoing Budget debate concludes on April 29. Ahead of the official commencement on April 28 Mr. Chastanet made clear his preference to speak right before the Prime Minister deliver’s his rebuttal. Meanwhile, Leader of Government Business, Dr. Ernest Hilaire, made a final plea to the Opposition Leader to accept his “reasonable” offer to speak earlier or risk losing his chance all together.


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CHASTANET WANTS COURTS TO OVERTURN CUSTOMS DECISION TO WITHDRAW CASE AGAINST HILAIRE

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MBC Prime can confirm Opposition Leader Allen Chastanet and his legal team is seeking a judicial review in the High Court to challenge the decision by Customs Comptroller Shurman Emmanuel to withdraw charges against Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Ernest Hilaire in relation to the 2015 importation of a luxury vehicle.


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JUDGE SENTENCES EX-UWP MP TO PRISON TERM

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Four months ago a jury found Marcus Nicolas, a former Member of Parliament for Dennery North and Opposition Leader, guilty at trial for the offence of Uttering or Using False Documents. On April 12, Nicolas was given a six month prison sentence for his crime. He was initially arrested and charged in 2017. In the decade preceding his arrest and subsequent conviction, Marcus Nicolas was a political juggernaut in Dennery North. As a United Workers Party candidate he twice deprived the Labour Party of electoral victory in the Dennery North constituency in 2001 and again in 2006. Marcus Nicolas was appointed Minister of Agriculture in the Sir John Compton led UWP Administration of 2006 – 2011. However, along with Sir John’s passing, Nicolas’ ministerial career also came to a sudden end when Stephenson King took over the UWP reins. After two successful election runs, Marcus Nicolas abstained from the 2011 ballot and subsequently defected to a life in the private sector. His private sector pursuits were upended in 2017 when police showed up at his premises and took him into custody. The former Opposition Leader was granted bail in the sum of $3,000. During his 2021 trial some four years after his arrest, prosecutors convinced a jury Marcus Nicolas intentionally used “False Documents” in his tax submissions. The nine member jury returned their majority guilty verdict after deliberating for less than three hours. After his sentencing, the two term UWP MP was handed over to officers attached to the Bordelais Correctional Facility to begin his prison term.

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